With the second round stragglers who couldn't finish their rounds on Friday due to darkness now done, the third round is underway at St. Andrews. Among the early-morning groups, the Royal and Ancient is playing much milder than during yesterday's afternoon blustery conditions, although not quite as obliging as during Thursday's blisteringly low rounds. A handful of players are between 1 and 3-under par so far, although these morning groups are substantially off the lead right now, meaning they'll have to make up quite a bit more ground and/or hope the wind resumes when the current batch of leaders tee off later.
Phil Mickelson is 1-under on the day through seven holes, to bring him to 1-under for the tournament as well. If Mickelson is have a realistic chance on Sunday, he'll need to make up a few more shots during this penultimate round, and then pray that winds batter the leaders. The British Open has historically been Mickelson's worst major, with his best finish a solitary third place finish in 2004.
Among other early groups, little-known English journeyman Robert Rock has put in the best round of the day so far with a 5-under 67 to bring him to 3-under on the championship, while Kevin Na is 3-under through seven holes to also come in at 3-under overall.